Take your home into the zone! Savvy style ideas to create dis­tinct, yet con­nected, zones in an open-plan space

Open-plan spa­ces need you to carve out dis­tinct yet con­nected zones. These savvy style ideas will help you do just that!

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - June Contents -

with­out the fur­nish­ings and per­sonal pos­ses­sions that make it a home, a house – be it a new build or one that’s been around for gen­er­a­tions – is a blank can­vas ready for you to dec­o­rate. Tap into the ideas that fol­low and, whether you’re plan­ning a full-on reno or simply redec­o­rat­ing a room, you’ll ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­fect de­tails such as shiplap, built-ins, a mix of fur­nish­ings and rich lay­er­ing can have on spa­ces. When it comes to open-plan liv­ing ar­eas, unity is im­por­tant, so keep ma­te­ri­als and colour­ful de­tails con­sis­tent through­out.

DIVVY UP If you have the lux­ury of a larger than usual open-plan space, get creative with your fur­ni­ture ar­rang­ing and rug place­ment. Create two liv­ing zones – one for fam­ily and so­cial gath­er­ings (see floor plan over­leaf), the other for ‘me time’ or cosy chit-chats, as here.

DIS­GUISE THE TV How do you deal with the big black hole on the wall that is your tele­vi­sion set? Once upon a time you could hide them in a cabi­net. Not so now! The best way is to cam­ou­flage it within a gallery wall of prints and pic­tures in soft colours that don’t vie for at­ten­tion when the telly is on.

To create in­ti­macy where no walls ex­ist, an open-plan lay­out re­lies on you to strate­gi­cally place fur­ni­ture, rugs and lighting to pro­vide a feel­ing of sep­a­rate yet con­nected rooms.

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